Students at Marnie Simons school in Hamburg are raising funds for an exciting trip the seventh and eighth graders plan to take at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year.
The students are roughly halfway to their fundraising goal for a trip to Washington, D.C.
On Oct. 6, the school is planning a Tri State Race and Community Breakfast with the proceeds to support the school trip.
Aside from funding, the trip crossed off another item on its to-do list at the last meeting of the Hamburg school board as the board members gave permission for students to miss the last two days of the school calendar to head out for Washington.
Dates for the van trip east had to be reserved and the school board needed to give permission for the students and instructors to miss those last two days.
With the school board blessing the students will continue to look forward to what should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience chock full of educational and entertainment opportunities.
Features of the trip include visiting historical sites for Mark Twain in Hannibal, Mo., and Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., as well as a visit to Indianapolis, Ind., before reaching Washington.
The students will see the Memorial weekend festivities at the Capitol and visit various museums including the Holocaust Museum. And they’ll also be treated to a river boat dinner on the Potomac River.
Other sites on the way home include a visit to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Pennsylvania, Hersheyland in Hershey, Penn., and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Rock Hall of Fame  in Ohio.
Dr. Mike Wells, superintendent of the Hamburg school said that this trip is an all expense paid trip. The fundraising by students will take care of their needs on the journey and they’ll be afforded some spending money as well.
In other news from the recent school board meeting:
The board voted to approve the purchase of a new phone system from Midwest out of Rock Port, Mo. The cost of the system, $5,000, will come out of the general budget.
Dr. Wells said the purchase was needed as the near 20-year old phone system was running into problems in receiving static.
The upgrade will pay for itself by saving cost from the old system to an updated one that will run in better cooperation with the recently updated wiring of the building.
Also of note, the school has learned of a grant of between $5,000 and $6,000 that will allow students to learn about virtual reality programming.
 Students will learn to make video games with the software. The grant is one that has been made available to only 60 schools nationwide.